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History  of  Taunton, 




D.  MASON  &  CO., 



History  of  Taunton, 




D.  MASON  &  CO., 




It  is  gratifying  to  an  author  to  receive  words  of  approval,  commend- 
atory of  his  work,  from  persons  of  culture  and  learning,  who  have  crit- 
ically examined  it,  and  whose  judgment  is  not  given  unadvisedly. 

My  long-time  friend.  Prof.  Wm.  S.  Tyler,  of  Amherst  College,  writes: 

I  have  looked  it  through  and  read  enough  of  it  to  .see  that  an  immense  amount  of 
time  and  labor  has  been  given  to  the  book,  and  that  the  work  is  well  done. 

Judge  William  E.  Fuller,  of  Taunton  writes: 

I  have  received  your  "  History  of  Taunton  "  and  spent  several  hours  in  a  topical 
reading  of  it.  It  was  a  great  labor  for  you  to  undertake  at  this  time  of  your  life  and 
I  most  heartily  congratulate  you  on  its  successful  completion. 

The  Hon.  John  S.  Brayton,  of  Fall  River,  writes: 

I  received  last  week  a  copy  of  your  "  History  of  Taunton."  I  have  examined  the 
book  and  am  more  than  pleased  with  the  manner  in  which  you  have  performed  the 
task  of  writing  the  history  of  that  ancient  municipality.  The  work  shows  great  care 
and  patient  research,  and  is  a  grand  monument  to  him,  who,  in  the  seventy-eighth 
year  of  his  age,  is  able  to  publish  a  volume  of  inestimable  value,  not  only  to  the  pres- 
ent generation,  but  to  those  who  may  follow  for  generations  to  come. 

General  Darius  N.  Couch,  of  Norwalk,  Conn.,  writes: 

I  want  to  tell  you  that,  although  we  have  had  the  "  History"  only  a  few  days,  we 
have  gotten  out  of  it  a  great  deal  of  enjoyment.  It  is  quite  wonderful  to  me  that  in 
the  comparatively  brief  time  at  your  disposal  you  were  able  to  bring  out  so  complete 
a  "  History  of  Taunton."  It  is  a  noble  monument  to  your  memory.  My  wife  joins 
me  in  warm  congratulations. 

The  well-known  secretary  of  the  Rhode  Island  Historical  Society, 
Hon.  Amos  Perry,  in  a  letter  to  Captain  Hall,  says: 

My  best  compliments  to  Dr.  Emery  and  my  congratulations  on  the  success  of  his 
admirable  work. 

The  Hon.  Josiah  H.  Drummond,  of  Portland,  Me.,  in  the  kindnc.s>  wi 
his  heart,  in  a  letter  to  Captain  Hall,  expresses  himself  on  this  wise: 


He  has  done  a  magnificent  work  and  we  owe  him  the  thautcs  of  a  lifetime  for  un- 
dertaking it. 

Ex-Governor  Joseph  H.  Williams,  of  Aug-usta,  Me.,  in  his  usual  warm- 
hearted way,  thus  writes  to  Captain  Hall: 

Will  you  say  to  my  good  friend,  President  Emery,  that  I  hold  his  monumental  his- 
tory of  your  city  among  my  most  valued  possessions.  A  New  York  friend,  visiting 
me,  of  antiquarian  tastes,  went  into  and  through  it  with  unbroken  interest  and  edi- 

The  Hon.  John  Ordronaux,  the  tirst  corresponding  secretary  of  the 
Old  Colony  Historical  Society,  now  the  eminent  jurist  of  New  York 
city,  writes: 

I  have  examined  this  last  effort  of  your  pen  and  regard  it  as  magnum  opus.  The 
scope  of  the  work  is  immense  and  its  details  exhaustive  in  their  accumulation  of  his- 
torical facts.  Patient,  untiring  labor,  indefatigable  industry,  and  careful  collation  of 
data  in  their  proper  relations  to  the  continuity  of  the  narrative  and  the  chronology  of 
events,  give  striking  proofs  of  the  thoroughness  of  preparation  with  which  every  topic 
was  approached  and  discussed.  More  than  this  I  must  not  say,  lest  you  should  think 
that  in  the  ardor  of  my  esteem  for  the  author!  had  strained  the  boundaries  of  praise 
beyond  the  limits  of  conviction.  You  deserve  well  of  your  fellow-citizens  for  having 
thus  commemorated  the  epic  of  their  own  and  their  forefathers  actions.  You  have 
in  your  own  life  and  through  vour  own  deeds  verified  the  truth  of  Sallust's  remark 
that  Pulchrum  est  bene  facer e  reipublicae  etiani  dene  dicere  hand  absurduni  est. 
Yovtr  history,  like  his,  will  be  handed  down  to  future  generations  as  a  literary  mile- 
stone in  the  progress  of  our  continuing  national  development  and  accumulating  writ- 
ten records. 

These  expressions  of  approval  and  interest  from  highly  valued  friends 
are  certainly  appreciated.  They  come  from  those  who  are  well  aware 
of  the  necessary  limitations  and  imperfections  of  such  a  work  and  the 
errors  which  will  creep  into  it.  In  a  letter  from  my  esteemed  antiqua- 
rian friend,  Rev.  Mr.  Chaffin,  of  North  Easton,  well  versed  in  historical 
study,  I  am  reminded  for  my  encouragement,  that  no  work  of  history 
can  claim  perfect  accuracy,  at  the  same  time  adding,  much  to  my  re- 

Your  book  is  admirable,  got  up  in  fine  style,  and  will  most  hcjnorably  connect  j'our 
name  with  Taunton  for  generations  to  come. 

For  the  benefit  of  subscribers,  discovered  errors  with  some  additional 
matter  are  here  appended,  supplementary  to  what  may  be  found  on 
page  7:}?  and  onwards,  First  Part,  and  page  8'2  and  onwards,  vSecond  Part. 

Page  30.  Mr.  Wilcox  has  kindly  loaned  me  the  exact  copy  of  the 
will  of  Henry  Andrews  found  at  Plym<nith.     It  appears  that  only  "  tliirty 


poiuids  "  of  the  legacy  to  the  daug-hters  were  left  in  the  hands  of  Parker. 
It  is  as  follows: 

I  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  daughter  Mary  Hedges,  the  wife  of  William  Hedges 
[same  as  Hodges  now]  a  certain  dwelling  house  with  a  garden  adjoining  to  it  and  a 
parcel  of  land  belonging  to  it  scituated  and  being  in  Taunton  afores''  near  unto  my 
dwelling  house,  to  her  and  to  her  assigns  forever,  provided  that  my  wife  shall  enjoy 
it  during  her  life  and  if  my  s<i  daughter  shall  decease  before  my  wife,  the  s"*  premises 
shall  belong  after  my  wife's  decease  unto  John  Hedges,  the  sonne  of  my  s"*  daughter 
and  to  his  heirs  forever,  or  in  case  of  his  decease  without  issue,  it  shall  remayne  to 
her  next  child  or  children  and  to  the  heirs  of  such  forever.  Also,  to  s^  dau.  ten 

I  give  to  my  g-^  child  John  Hedges  aboves^  a  silver  pint  cupp  with  a  silver  cover  to 
it  and  my  s<^  dau.  shall  have  the  use  of  it  till  John  come  to  mature  age  or  man's  estate 
but  with  this  proviso,  that  if  within  a  y""  or  two  the  Lord  shall  give  my  daughter  an- 
other child,  it  shall  be  in  her  power  to  dispose  of  s**  cupp  either  to  this  latter  or  former 
child  and  unto  that  child  to  whom  the  s<*  cnp  is  not  thus  disposed  I  do  give  and  be- 
queath a  good  cow  which  is  already  delivered  into  the  hands  of  my  s'*  daughter  for 
that  end  and  purpose. 

I  give  &  bequeathe  unto  my  daughter  Sarah  and  to  my  daughter  Abigail  one  hun- 
dred and  thirty  lbs  to  be  equally  divided  between  them,  of  which  sum  thirty  lbs  are 
in  the  hands  of  John  Parker,  of  Boston,  shoemaker,  which  sum  my  will  is  shall  re- 
maj-ne  in  his  hands  on  sufficient  security  until  it  shall  be  wanted  and  my  daughters 
to  be  maintained  out  of  the  portion  I  give  to  my  wife  and  if  either  or  both  of  s**  daugh- 
ters die  then  to  be  divided  unto  my  s"*  surviving  and  if  none  to  the  posterity  of  my 
son  Henry  Andrews. 

Whereas  I  am  possessed  of  a  certain  piece  of  land  called  the  neck  of  land  my  wife 
to  have  this  as  long  as  she  keeps  my  name  and  then  to  daughters  Sarah  and  Abigail. 
Whereas  before  the  making  of  this  I  have  granted  and  delivered  unto  my  s»i  son 
Heurv  a  considerable  quantity  of  land,  that  is  to  say  a  great  lott  at  the  two  mile  river 
and  the  land  over  the  great  river  opposite  to  my  dwelling  house  and  som  land  lying 
next  to  land  of  James  Bates  called  the  middle  swamp  and  the  new  meaddow  called 
Squabbinnanset  meddow  and  my  dwelling  house,  and  all  the  residue  of  ray  lands  shall 
belong  to  my  wife  for  the  tearm  of  her  life  unless  she  married  then  to  be  s"'  son's. 

I  give  unto  my  son  the  longest  of  my  fowling  pieces  and  m}'  best  suit  of  apparal 
and  my  best  coat.  To  Mr.  Streete,  teacher  of  church,  5  lbs.  To  Elizabeth  Harvey, 
widdow,  one  of  poor  of  church,  one  cow,  which  is  now  in  the  keeping  of  Geo.  Macey 
— to  daughters  Sarah  and  Abigail,  feather  bed  and  bolster  and  dozen  of  silver  spoons 
to  belong  equally  unto  them. 

Wife  Mary  executrix — James  Wyatt  and  Walter  Dean  overseers.  Wm.  Parker, 
James  Wyatt,  John  Jollop,  witnesses. 

The  "  two  mile  river"  refen^ed  to  in  this  will,  a  well  known  stream 
in  what  is  now  Raynham,  was  so  called,  as  some  say,  from  its  length, 
btit  others  from  its  distance  from  what  was  considered  the  center  of  the 
town.     So  also  the  "three  mile  river,"  in  an  opposite  direction  from  the 

G  JUS  TOR  3 '  OF  TA  UNTON. 

center,  is  accounted  for  in  the  same  way.  In  Norton  they  call  the  same 
stream  "seven  miles,"  so  it  is  said,  and  they  have  in  Attleboro'  a  "ten 
mile  river,"  if  I  am  rightly  informed. 

Pao-e  31.  Mr.  Wilcox,  who  has  copied  the  will  of  Widow  Andrews, 
savs,  she  calls  herself  instead  of  the  son,  "  forty-three  years  old." 

:\Ir.  Franklin  Pratt,  who  has  made  a  special  study  of  Richard  and 
James  Burt,  noticed  on  pp.  34,  35,  is  of  the  opinion  they  came  by  the 
way  of  Parbadocs,  and  that  Richard  was  less  than  sixty  years  old  in 
1643.      He  had  a  son  John,  who  is  not  mentioned  in  his  will.      He  adds: 

James  Burt's  home  lands  were  on  West  Water  street,  between  the  jolant  of  the 
Taunton  Iron  WorksCompany  and  the  estate  of  John  R.  Williams.  ''Between"  in  the 
description  should  be  beUnu.  "  Mr.  Browne's  brook  "  is  now  called  the  Cobb  brook. 
'•  Thrjmas  Lincohi's  cartway  "  is  now  Highland  street.  It  extended  from  the  Taun- 
ton Iron  Works  wharf  westerly  to  Somerset  avenue  at  the  Presbrey  Stove  Lining 
Works,  and  then  followed  Highland  street  to  the  Fair  grounds,  then  across  the  Fair 
grounds  to  Thomas  Lincoln's  house,  not  far  from  the  Three  IMile  River,  on  Col.  Fred- 
erick Mason's  Riverside  farm.  "Falls  Plain"  should  be  Nutt  Plaine,  according  to 
ViX.  Danforth's  certified  copy. 

Page  30.  My  friend  Wilcox  is  very  sure  David  Corwithy  went  from 
Taunton  toMarblehead  and  served  as  constable  there,  putting  in  an  ap- 
pearance not  unfrequently  at  Salem. 

The  Hon.  J.  H.  Drummond,  of  Portland,  Me.,  has  favored  me  with 
the  name  of  the  wife  of  Samuel,  the  oldest  son  of  John  Deane,  the  first 
settler,  to  be  entered  on  page  37,  vSarah,  daughter  of  Increase  and  wSarah 
(Penniman)  Robinson,  married  December  15,  1G92. 

John  -^d,  the  third  son,  married  Hannah,  daughter  of  John  and  Eliza- 
beth (Williams)  Bird,  and  granddaughter  of  Richard  Williams,  Sep- 
tember 21,  1699.      She  was  born  December  16,  1677. 

The  Joseph  Wilbore,  whom  Mehitable  married,  was  son  of  vShadrach 
and  Mary  Wilbore. 

Page  38.  Israel  married,  March  20,  1704-5,  Katharine,  sister  of  the 
wife  of  John,  also  a  granddaughter  of  Richard  Williams. 

Thomas  2d,  son  of  Thomas,  married,  January  7,  1696-,  Mary,  daugh- 
ter of  John  and  Abigail  (Leonard)  Kingsley,  of  Milton,  as  the  name  is 
spelt  in  Milton  records. 

Deborah  died  in  1702  or  1703,  leaving  one  child,  John  Tisdale. 

Mercy  married  Daniel  Williams,  February  1,  1710-11,  not  ijig. 

Page  39.  Jonathan,  born  1087;  Mehitable,  born  1689;  Abiah,  born 
1691  ;   Deborah,  born   1693. 


Page  40.  Hannah,  daughter  of  Benjamin  and  Sarah  (Williams) 
Deane,  married  Joseph,  son  of  Joseph  and  Mary  (Andrews)  Richmond. 

Page  40.  The  will  of  Thomas  Gilbert  proves  that  the  wife  of  Samuel 
Williams  was  Mary  Gilbert,  while  Jane  was  the  wife  of  Samuel  Gulliver. 

Page  52.  The  will  of  Joseph  Wilbore  shows  that  Sarah,  the  wife  of 
Nathaniel  Hoar,  was  the  daughter  of  Shadrach  Wilbore. 

Page  03.  (5)  Deborah,  daughter  of  George  Macey  married  Dan 
Throop,  of  Taunton.  This  appears  from  their  deed  of  sale  of  certain 
property  to  Rev.  Samuel  Danfcn'th,  lands  lying  beyond  the  mill  privi- 
lege, bought  by  Mr.  Danforth  of  her  sister  Elizabeth,  and  including  the 
present  fine  State  Hospital  grounds. 

Page  73,  line  9.  Edward  Richmond,  according  to  Mr.  Drummond, 
had  a  wife  before  he  married  Amy  Bull.  His  first  wife  was  the  mother 
of  all  his  children  except  Henry  and  Amy,  and  Henry  died  without 

Page  74.  (3)  Thomas  Richmond  died  in  Middleboro',  December  14, 

(0).  Pvdward  had  three  wives,  (1)  Mercy ,  (2)  Rebecca  Thurs- 
ton, (3)  Mary .      His   first   wife   had   seven  children,   his  second 

four,  third  none. 

(7).  Elizabeth,  widow  of  John  Hall,  was  daughter  of  Philip  and 
Judith  (Whitman)  King. 

('.)).  John  Richmond  married,  November  28,  1709,  Hannah,  daugh- 
ter of  Stephen  and  Hannah  Otis,  }iot  Joanna  (jooding,  who  was  the  wife 
of  John  Godfrey,  the  father  of  Brig.  George  Godfrey.  The  mother  of 
John  Godfrey  was  Mary,  the  sister  of  this  John  Richmond.  See  (1), 
first  line  of  page  74. 

(10).  Ebenezer  Richmond  married  Anna,  daughter  of  Robert  Sproat, 
of  Scituate.  Their  son,  Ebenezer,  born  in  1701,  married  Widow  Marv 

Page  80.  General  Peirce,  in  an  interesting  paper  read  before  the  Old 
Colony  Historical  Society,  gives  the  names  of  nine  children  of  Edward 
Bobit,  making  Damaris,  the  fourth,  born  vSeptember  15,  1003.  Also, 
Elkanah  instead  of  Zepaiia,  and  Dorcas  instead  of  Dcf/ias,  born  June  20 
instead  of  January.  Esther  married  Edward  Paul,  August  23,  1093, 
living  till  November  15,  1751. 

The  General  also  dwells  on  the  life  of  another  early  settler,  a  victim 
of  the  Indian  war,  John.  Tisdale,  calling  him   "one  of  the  20  original 

8  HIS  TOR  Y  OF  TA  UN  TON. 

purchasers  of  old  or  West  Freetown,  bought  of  the  Indians  April  '2, 
1(559."     He  is  noticed  on  page  91  of  our  history. 

Page  87.  Robert  Crosman  died  in  1692,  and  his  widow,  Martha,  1(595. 
This  Martha,  according  to  Ancient  Landmarks  of  Plymouth,  Part  2,  pp. 
28,  and  KM),  was  widow  of  Samuel  Eaton,  and  daughter  of  Francis  Bill- 
ington.  The  name  as  recorded  in  vol.  1,  p.  72,  of  Bristol  county  probate 
office,  in  a  mem.  of  agreement  between  Martha  and  Robert  Crosman, 
looks  like  Easton,  but  probably  is  Eatton. 

Page  89.  Almon  Danforth  Hodges,  jr.,  of  Boston,  an  enthusiastic 
genealogist,  thanking  me  for  what  has  been  done,  speaking  for  himself 
and  other  subscribers,  says,  "  How  I  wish  we  had  an  Index!  "  Our  ex- 
planation of  this  is  found  on  page  85  of  Part  II.  Mr.  Hodges  is  certain 
the  "  William  Hodges  of  Taunton  was  not  the  Captain  Hodges  of  the 
Rebecka  in  Winthrop's  Journal,"  as  Rufus  Hodges  in  his  first  edition 
of  the  Hodges  Family  supposed. 

Page  95.     Samuel  5.  Drake  should  be  Samuel  G. 

Page  179.  Mr.  Drummond  is  sure  the  vSusannah  Masoji  mentioned 
in  the  Street  will  should  be  vSusannah  Maccy,  wife  of  Lt.  George  Macey. 

Page  185.  My  friend  ElishaC.  Leonard,^  of  New  Bedford,  gives  the 
second  wife  of  Rev.  George  vShove  as  Hannah,  widow  of  Thomas  Wal- 
ley,  and  daughter  of  Nathaniel  and  Hannah  (Mayo,  daughter  of  Rev. 
John)  Bacon.  Her  daughter,  Hannah,  married  second,  Capt.  James 
Leonard 3  in  1('»98.  Rev.  George  had  a  daughter,  Yet-Mercy,  baptized 
November  7,  l(j82,  married,  January  24,  1709,  Josiah  Howland,  of  Bris- 
tol, R.  I.,  blacksmith,  like  his  father.  They  also  kept  a  tavern,  and  the 
courts  met  at  their  house. 

Page  187.  Mr.  James  M.  Cushman  thinks  Rev.  Mr.  Danforth  came 
earlier  to  Taunton  than  his  recorded  call  to  the  ministry,  and  that  he 
officiated  as  schoolmaster,  for  which  office  he  was  certainly  well  fitted. 

Page  198,  fourteenth  line  from  bottom,  /no"  Nathaniel  Burt  should 
be  Ins"  Nathaniel. 

Page  205,  twelfth  line  from  bottom.      lydj  should  be  idyj. 

Page  211.     Jacob  K.  Leonard  should  be  Jacob  A. 

Page  238.  Among  the  deacons  of  the  first  church  in  the  earlier  part 
of  the  last  century  should  be  named,  probably,  John  Staples  and  his  son 
Seth.     John,  an  original  member  of  the  Raynham  church  in  1731,  was 

'  As  theiie  sheets  were  passing  through  the  press,  this  highly  valued  friend,  devoted  to  historical 
research,  died  Friday,  the  7th  of  September,  1894,  and  the  funeral  services  were  largely  attended,  on 
the  following  Tuesday,  by  leading  citizens  of  New  Bedford  and  its  vicinity. 


also  its  first  deacon.  Setli.  who  married  Hannah,  dauj^diter  of  Eben- 
ezer  Standish,  of  Plymouth,  was  an  ancestor  of  Charles  A.  White,  esq., 
of  New  Haven,  who  speaks  of  such  a  tradition  in  the  family. 

Pag-e  242.  Mr.  Franklin  Pratt  locates  the  "  Glebe  "  half  a  mile  west- 
erly from  the  church,  where  now  is  the  Catholic  cemetery. 

Page  272.  /.  Pickering  should  be  R.  />.  Charles  Brozvn  should  be 

Page  29G.  The  date  of  Jezaniah  Sumner's  letter,  7792,  is  wrong. 
And  I  fear  the  true  date  lygS  (according  to  the  original  framed  in  His- 
torical Hall)  will  modify  my  statement  that  the  ode  was  sung  at  the 
dedication  of  the  academy  in  1796,  but  later  "on  the  day  of  exhibi- 
tion," as  it  is  expressed  in  the  letter. 

Page  299.  Gen.  David  Cobb  died  in  Boston,  not  Taunton,  xVpril  17, 

Page  311.  Lydia,  daughter  of  Capt.  James  Leonard,  was  the  wife  of 
Capt.  Thomas  Cobb,  thus  mother,  not  ivifc  of  Gen.  David. 

Page  314.  See  the  memoirs  of  Gen.  Joseph  Gardner  Swift,  LL.D., 
U.  S.  A.,  senior  graduate  of  the  United  States  Military  Academy,  West 
Point,  chief  engineer  U.  S.  A.  from  1812  to  1818.  To  which  is  added  a 
genealogy  of  the  family  of  Thomas  Swift,  of  Dorchester,  Mass.,  1634, 
by  Harrison  Ellery,  member  N.  E.  Hist.  Gen.  Society,  1890.  Privately 
printed.  According  to  this  rare  book  Dr.  Foster  Swift  was  son  of  Sam- 
uel*, Samuel  3,  Thomas-,  Thomas',  born  January,  1700,  died  August, 
1835,  married,  February  18,  1783,  Deborah,  daughter  of  Capt.  Thomas 
and  Elizabeth  Delano,  of  Nantucket,  born  September,  1702,  died  June 
3,  1824.  Fine  portraits,  painted  by  Jarvis,  are  reproduced  by  the  Al- 
bertype  process  for  the  work.  Dr.  died  in  New  London,  Conn.  His 
children,  Joseph  Gardner,  Wm.  Henry,  two  daughters,  Sarah  Delano 
and  Deborah  Ann. 

Page  354.  Mr.  Leonard  is  my  authority  for  calling  Adshcn  Leonard 
Stephen,  who  was  clerk  of  the  court  and  town  treasurer. 

Page  372.  (7)  Major  Thomas  Leonard,  born  16^0,  not  1611.  Died 
in  1713.     Aet  73. 

Page  373.      (9)  Thomas  Dean  -,  should  be  ■*. 

(10)  Samuel  Pratt  lived  on  Cohannet  street,  where  his  descendant  Cal- 
vin D.  now  lives. 

(14)  Jonathan  Carver's  home  lot  was  near  Taunton  Bank  .site,  " 
of  training  field." 


(17)  Buried,  with  others,  near  where  was  the  small-pox  hospital,  just 
off  the  Boston  turnpike,  near  the  Raynham  line,  interested  descendants 
have  recently  removed  the  remains  of  Henry  Hodges  to  the  Oakland 
cemetery,  to  rest  by  the  side  of  kindred  dust. 

Page  374.  {"Z'l)  Jonathan  Shores  should  read  Sha%i\  as  Jonathan-^ 
Shaw  (Benjamin  -,  Ichabod  i)  married  Mercy  Mason,  and  Jonathan  ^  was 
a  grandson  of  Ensign  John  Mason. 

(•28)  Richard^  should  read  Walter'^. 

(20)  Morgan  Cobb  was  a  carpenter  or  joiner^  as  he  calls  himself,  on 
authority  of  Mr.  Franklin  Pratt,  who  thinks  the  Morgan  Cobb,  jr.  (see 
note  24),  was  selectman  in  1 721-22,  1724,  in  addition  to  the  years  credited 
to  him. 

(30  should  be  31)  Abiather  Leonard  was  selectman  in  /7cSo,  not  IJ'/J. 
(See  pp.  4G4  and  571.) 

Page  375.  (35)  Capt.  James  should  be  %  says  Mr.  Leonard,  the  fifth 
from  the  first  James,   omitted. 

(41)  Lieut.  Jonathan  Shores  (see  pp.  362  and  429)  was  a  great  grand- 
son of  John  Lincoln,  and  a  great-great-grandson  of  Thomas,  the  miller, 
and  lived  on  what  is  now  Shores  street.  He  was  not,  therefore,  the 
"grandson  of  Lieut.  John  Mason, "referring  to  "  note  2/,"  which  shcjuld 
be  22.     (See  page  374  (22). 

(46)  Seth  Sumner  lived  on  Tremont  street  at  Oakland. 

Page  377.  (58)  Gen.  James  Williams  •',  son  of  James  ^.  The  father, 
son,  and  Dr.  Alfred,  filled  the  office  of  registrar  of  deeds  ninety-five 

(62)  Again  Richard^  should  be  Walter'^. 

Page  378.  (71)  Judge  George  Leonard,  Mr.  Leonard,  of  New  Bed- 
ford, would  have  us  add,  was  member  of  the  First  Congress  under  Wash- 
ington, was  re-elected  to  the  third  and  fourth,  but  defeated  for  the  sec- 
ond term. 

Page  379.  (75)  Major  Apollos  Leonard  was  the  third  son  of  Judge 

Page  403.  The  "eighty-eight  acres"  training  field,  according  to 
record,  was  north  of  the  Green,  east  of  Hopewell  and  the  Bay  road, 
near  to,  if  not  including  the  Plain  burying  ground. 

Page  406.     (9)  Elisha  Hodges  should  be  Hodge. 

Page  428.     David  should  be  Daniel  Briggs. 

Page  433.  (8)  Capt.  Richard  Cobb  died  in  his  fifty-sixth  year,  and 
was  buried  in  the  Church  of  England  yard  on  Tremont  street. 


(10)  Capt.  Job  Smith  died  in  ITito,  the  great-grandfather  of  John  Wil- 
son Smith,  of  Providence. 

Page  455,  seventh  line  from  top.  Leonard  Hodges  by  searching 
records  is  found  to  be  London  Hodges. 

Page  4T1.  The  list  of  Revolutionary  pensioners  from  Taunton  should 
contain  the  name  of  Abisha  Eddy.  The  commissioner  of  pensions  at 
Washington  is  authority  for  the  statement  that  he  resided  at  Taunton 
at  the  time  of  his  enlistment,  serving  from  first  to  last,  1778-1780, 
twenty-five  months.  At  the  time  of  his  application  for  pension  in  1833 
he  resided  in  Gloucester,  R.  I.,  but  returned  to  Taunton  in  1845,  and 
died  there  February  ^S,  1855,  having  been  born  in  Taunton,  September 
10,  1761. 

Page  470.  Captain  Hall  says,  fifth  line  from  top,  Ballon  should  be 
Bollan,  and  in  the  eleventh  line  Boland  should  be  Borland.  Also,  on 
page  480,  sixth  line  from  bottom,  Ballon  should  be  Bollan. 

Page  513.  Michael  Burns,  of  Taunton,  was  sergeant  and  lieutenant 
of  the  33d  Regiment,  but  in  the  State  records  he  is  credited  to  Berklev, 
where  he  enlisted,  which  accounts  for  his  name  not  appearing  in  the 
Taunton  history.  His  name  does  appear  on  page  517,  as  enlisting  in 
the  3d  ^Massachusetts  Cavalry.  This  will  account  for  the  omission  of 
the  names  on  our  rolls  of  other  residents  of  Taunton,  who  became  such 
after  their  enlistment,  as  that  of  Edward  Marvell  of  the  40th,  credited 
to  Dighton,  and  Hugh  King  of  the  57th,  credited  to  Cambridge. 

Page  522.     Benjamin  E.  Hall  should  be  Benjamin./. 

Page  550.  Add  Charlotte  (Hodges)  Morton,  wife  of  the  governor, 
died  Dec  ember  ^j,  iSjj. 

Page  550.  Samuel  R.  Townsend  was  buried  in  Walthani,  not  ll'are- 

Page  500.  The  notice  of  "members  of  the  legal  profession  now  in 
practice  in  Taunton  "  fails  to  record  the  name  of  Hon.  John  E.  Sanford, 
because  his  eminent  abilities  have  for  many  years  been  in  such  de- 
mand in  the  public  service  elsewhere,  that  he  cannot  be  said  to  be  in 
the  present  practice  of  his  profession  in  Taunton.  For  an  account  of 
these  services  see  pp.  575,  724,  725,  732.  vSince  the  issue  of  our  publi- 
cation Judge  JohnH.  Galligan  has  died,  to  the  great  grief  of  his  breth- 
ren at  the  bar  and  the  community  generally.  Frederick  S.  Hall,  esq., 
has  been  called  to  fill  his  place  on  the  bench,  and  A.  M.  Alger,  esq.,  has 
become  register  of  the  Probate  Court,  Mr.  Alger's  place,  as  clerk  of  the 
District  Court  being  filled  by  Albert  Fuller,  esq. 


Page  505.  Shadrach  Wilborc  had  ten  children,  the  firstborn  in  1G59, 
and  the  tenth  in  1083.      His  wife,  Mary,  died  March  27,  1G91. 

Paji^e  570  If  F.  Pratt  is  rii;ht  in  his  suggestion,  page  374,  Morgan 
Cobb  2d  served  all  the  years,  as  selectman. 

Page  575.  Francis  G.  Babi^itt  should  be  Francis  vS".  Sooiiioii  Wood- 
ward, jr.,  should  be  Soloinoii. 

Page  G08.  Capt.  Josiah  Crocker's  house  was  standing,  and  his  daugh- 
ter, Mrs.  West,  died  there  in  1840.  Col.  Russell  Wood,  not  Gcoro-c  A'. 
Atwood,  proprietor  of  the  Weatherby  tavern  in  1830. 

Page  GO!*.  Julius,  woi  J  list  us  Fisher,  proprietor  of  Washington  Hotel. 
The  last  occupants  Huntington  &  Lane  in  1849. 

Page  G12.  Jesse  vSmith's  stable  was  on  the  site  of  the  Rand  cstaU\ 
not  Taylor  block.  He  purchased  of  Jesse  Hartshorn  the  Capt.  Cyrus 
Williams  place  in  1814,  and  built  his  residence  thereon.  He  bought 
the  Tillinghast  corner,  where  now  is  the  City  Hotel,  in  1818. 

Page  G88.  To  the  list  of  secretaries  of  the  Bristol  County  Agricul- 
tural Society  add  George  H.  Rhodes,  1875. 

Page  702.  In  making  up  the  page  the  following  line  was  dropped — 
contimied  in  the  position  until  July,  iSyy^  zvlioi  lie  nyigucd  to  take — 
Make  this  the  top  line  of  the  page  to  complete  the  sense. 

Page  715.  Under  the  head  of  floods,  add,  that  in  January,  1784,  the 
flood  covered  a  large  portion  of  Capt.  Job  vSmith's  place,  as  well  as  the 
extensive  grounds  of  Gen.  James  Williams  (now  Mrs.  Baylies),  where 
his  son  was  drowned.  It  was  sixteen  feet  higher  than  the  ordinary 

Page  71G.  The  Episcopal  church  blown  down  was  on  Tremont  street, 
where  still  may  be  seen  its  burial  place. 

Page  718.  John  ]V.  Washburn  should  be  John  N.  Also  read  Isaac 
G.  Carrier. 

Page  719.     Levi  Hall  should  be  Hale. 

Page  733.  The  clerks  of  the  Common  Council  of  the  city  have  been 
from  the  beginning : 

Bernard  A.  Galligan,  from  18G5  tcj  1800,  inclusive. 

James  R.  Husband,  from  18G7  to  187G,  inclusive. 

Joseph  R.  Tallman,  from  1877  to  present  time. 

To  list  of  assessors  add  James  W.  Grossman  in  18G8. 

Page  738.  Louis  Stoughton  Drake  would  have  me  state,  he  is  a  de- 
scendant of  William,  of  Taunt(;n,  who  settled  here  in  J  707,  the  son  of 


Tliomas  Drake,  of  Weymouth,  not  therefore  deseended  from  Jc^hn,  one 
of  the  "  original  purehasers." 

Page  755,  twelfth  line  from  top,  farm  should  bcfranic. 


Pag-e  2o.  Charles  F.  Johnson  was  member  of  the  Legislature  in 

Page  30,  nineteenth  line  from  bottom,  lo  should  be  ig,  the  true  date 
of  the  birth  of  Alpheus  vSanford,  who,  it  may  be  added,  was  justice  of 
the  peace,  prominent  in  town  affairs,  a  representative  from  Taunton  to 
the  vState  Legislature  in  LS44.  Also,  the  mother  of  Dr.  Tripp  desires  to 
name  Dr.  Peleg  F.  Walker,  of  Providence,  a  classmate  of  her  son, 
as  the  friend  who  wrote  the  words  of  eulogy  she  quoted. 

Page  38.  Sybil,  daughter  of  Judge  Reed,  was  born  January  21, 1858 
The  earlier  date  was  a  manifest  error. 

The  descent  of  Alex.  H.  Williams  is,  Richard  \  Joseph  -,  Richard  '\ 
Col.  George*,  Capt.  George -^  Francis",  Alexander  H.^  Thus  the  first 
Richard's  son,  Joseph,  was  the  father  of  a  second  Richard,  who  was  the 
father  of  Col.  George. 

Page  65.  Add,  Mr.  Levi  P.  Morton's  wife,  Anna  Livingston  vStreet, 
is  a  direct  descendant  of  the  second  Taunton  minister,  Rev.  Nicholas 
Street,  through  Rev.  Samuel  Street,  of  Wallingford,  Conn. 

Page  08,  twelfth  line  from  top,  iSji  should  be  iSj^.  Mrs.  Brabrook 
was  daughter  of  Charles  and  Fidelia  (Danforth)  Knowles.  The  mother, 
daughter  of  Thomas  and  Betsey  (Haskins)  Danforth,  and  her  mother 
again  daughter  of  Capt.  Jacob  Haskins  and  Mary  Pitts. 

Page  83.  The  second  annual  report  of  trustees  of  Public  Reserva- 
tions, 1892,  is  in  error  in  giving  the  Taunton  Green  /  1-4  acres.  It 
should  be  /  1-8.  The  gift  of  Stimpson  H.  Woodward,  in  1881,  was,  in- 
stead of  /  acre,  4  acres,  so  says  the  deed. 

Page  110.  The  Hon.  Joseph  H.  Williams,  of  Augusta,  Me.,  in  the 
list  of  subscribers  is  improperly  credited  to  Taunton,  ht)wever  much  we 
might  wish  to  claim  him. 

The  Taunton  Public  Library  should  be  included  in  list  of  subscribers. 


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